NBA Trade Rumors 2016 update: Dwight Howard may remain with Houston Rockets as they oppose trade
Los Angeles: Dwight Howard was thought to have lost the confidence of Houston Rockets coach and the team management. There were reports that the team management was eager to trade him off at the earliest and go for some player who could fit in better with the team.
But if you thought that the team management was still eager to get rid of him, you are mistaken. The Houston Rockets seem to have a change of heart as far as Dwight Howard is concerned. They are not ready to trade him off and lose a great player like him.
The 30-year old 6.11 feet Dwight Howard has been played exceptionally in the last few months. On November 4, 2015, he had 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Orlando Magic. He shot 10-of-10 to become the first Rocket to make 10 or more field goals without a miss since Yao Ming went 12-of-12 in 2009. Later on December 26, he eclipsed 15,000 points for his career in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. On January 18, 2016, in an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Howard had 36 points and tied a career-high with 26 rebounds en route to his 10th straight double-double, the league’s longest active streak, and his longest since a 14-game run in 2012â€“13.
While talking about him, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders says:
The Rockets have known since the day they landed Howard that he would be a free agent this July, and they have been planning for a new contract for Howard since they acquired him. That does not mean the Rockets will give Howard the expected $30 million maximum salary that he is eligible to receive as a free agent, but the Rockets are prepared to do a new long-term deal with the big man this summerâ€¦Trading Howard at this point is not in the plans. There is a risk that Howard could walk away for a more lucrative package elsewhere, but there continues to be a sense around the Rockets that Howard wants to remain a Rocket and that there is a deal to be reached in July.
Right now the Rockets currently are seventh in the West standings. If they don’t come out of the bottom two playoff positions, they’ll face a huge and an unwinnable challenge in the first round against the Spurs or Golden State Warriors. There’s no reason for the Rockets to trade Howard before the Feb. 18 NBA trade deadline if his value is so low and his production remains at the present rates. Howard leaving through free agency wouldn’t necessarily be a huge deal for Houston. That situation just unlocks even more salary cap space for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, one of the NBA’s most creative and daring executives.